Clean, Crisp Chardonnay – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Clean, Crisp Chardonnay


Winemaker Brittany Sherwood (Courtesy of Brendel)

This is a new winery launched by the team at Heitz, led by Carlton McCoy, Jr., whose background as a sommelier took this chardonnay in a fresh, savory direction. The wine is made by Brittany Sherwood, who sources fruit from Oak Knoll and Carneros; she ferments it in stainless steel, where it rests on the lees for a year. It sees no oak and only occasional lees stirring, presenting the fennel and anise flavors of the grape at center stage. A pale white with appealing freshness, this would be delicious with slow-roasted pork shoulder.

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Brendel 2019 Napa Valley Noble One Chardonnay 

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Joshua Greene is the editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits magazine.


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